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Scribble Pilot – Review

February 2, 2010

Scribble Pilot attempts to take on the top-down shooter genre with the popular doodle-styled graphics, however the core gameplay and overall feel is lacking.

Scribble Pilot is yet another game that uses a doodle-styled form of art for its graphics. I believe this form of art style is hugely popularized by the app store hit game, Doodle Jump. It is a top-down shooter, with your main protagonist being a doodled-styled plane. Throughout the game, your main objective is to destroy all the incoming enemies and save the spaceman. At the most basic level of enemies, there are rocks scattered everywhere which you can destroy or ignore. The other enemies include UFOs (which strangely does not look like one), spaceships, space bugs and space mines (looks more like space poop; but nevermind :)). Each level ends with a mothership boss enemy you have to fight. There are 3 types of weapons that you can peruse, the basic bullet, an upgraded bullet and a tri-shooting upgraded bullet. They all have their own ammo system and your doodle ship does not upgrade its weapon.

“Pew pew pew”

The main challenge of the game is to multitask all the various tasks, that is to destroy the incoming enemies, maintain your fuel capacity and ammo count with the powerups, avoiding bullets and saving the spaceman. It might sound like alot, but after awhile, you realize, there is really nothing else to it. Enemies can be avoided if you wish, you could miss a fuel tank and still survive til the next fuel tank. Your basic ammo is basically unlimited with the constant “Extra Bullet” powerups. Bosses and enemies all fight the same way, and feels like it is just a change of sprite. The only challenge as the levels proceed is that there are more enemies.

“Pretty sure I fought you before.” “Oh yeah, I just changed mah picturez”

The tilt controls is executed smoothly, however the shooting seems to lacklustre. I am not sure if it was intended or not, but there is a delay after every 5 shots. To me, it just creates a laggy feel to the game which really spoils the gameplay.

If you are a big fan of doodle-styled games, perhaps you may consider grabbing this game. But otherwise with the unchallenging repetitve gameplay and shooting flaws, I would not recommend anyone to get this game at the moment.

– Graphics (Doodle-styled) is polished

– Core gameplay is lacklustre and repetitive

– Controls can be better

Scribble Pilot attempts to take on the top-down shooter genre with the popular doodle-styled graphics, however the core gameplay and overall feel is lacking.

Scribble Pilot (Version reviewed: 1.2.0, Price as of review: $1.99)

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